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Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural
Development (SMSC)
Faculty of Education PGCE Conference
Primary and Secondary
Living and Learning in Diverse 21st Century Britain
Friday 24th April 2015
Thought for the Day
The most important message that you can take away today is that SMSC is
not new; it is not an ‘extra’ or an ‘add-on’ for schools. Recent guidance and
legislation, just re-affirms existing expectations. SMSC continues to extol
the core values, central to the effective operation of all learning communities,
contributing both to a student’s/child’s learning across the curriculum and to
education for life in the 21st century.
Welcome to the MMU Faculty of Education PGCE Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) conference
‘Living and Learning in Diverse 21st Century Britain’
This conference is a unique initiative exploring recent legislation and implementation. It is part of MMU’s ongoing commitment, to prepare all students to teach in diverse settings and to understand a teacher’s statutory
duties to educate for a safe, equitable and just society.
What’s it all about?
The conference is held in the context of recent Government guidance that stresses the importance of SMSC
in upholding fundamental British values, encouraging mutual respect and tolerance for all faiths and beliefs
and exploring difference, equality and belonging across the curriculum. SMSC has a part to play in preventing
extremism and building resilience to grooming and radicalisation; it should form a part of every school’s
safeguarding commitment as well as curricular and extra - curricular provision.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)
Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002, all schools must promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
aspects of education. These include:
• Developing a sense of self; attempting to answer life’s big questions and challenges
• Understanding the difference between right and wrong, moral conflict, developing concern for
others; consequences of actions, making responsible decisions and taking action; a realisation of
responsibilities and rights, an ability to relate to others and to work with them for the common good; a
sense of belonging and the awareness of the need and possibility of making an active contribution to
• Knowledge of cultural traditions; the ability to appreciate and respect one’s own culture/s and the
cultures of others; development of a curiosity about difference.
Ofsted school inspectors, judge the quality of education provided based on the achievement of pupils:
• The quality of teaching in the school
• The behaviour and safety of pupils at the school
• The quality of leadership in and management of the school
• The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at the school.
Preventing Violent Extremism (PREVENT)
New guidance suggests that it is through SMSC that schools may be best placed to address the PREVENT
Strategy. Preventing violent extremism entails helping pupils and students to identify and deal with
myths, stereotypes and extremism in all its many forms. PREVENT aims to keep students/children safe
through building resilience to radicalisation and grooming and suggests that, democratic processes and the
rule of law offer an alternative to violence and terrorism. It encourages a common understanding of what
it means to be British, an acceptance of difference and the need to identify commonality. Mainstreaming
PREVENT, through the curriculum, exploring challenging issues and encouraging dialogue, reflection and the
making of informed choices is an integral part of educating for a safe, equitable and just society.
Key Note Presentations
The Schools Linking
Network and SMSC 3 - 18
Meg Henry
What is SMSC? Where in school do we cover
SMSC? This session will look at the most recent
definitions of SMSC and consider how the Linking Schools process might help fulfil the Ofsted
expectation that schools through: ‘thoughtful and
wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ SMSC development’ will successfully enable pupils to ‘thrive in a
supportive, highly cohesive learning community’.
(Ofsted (2015) Ofsted School Inspection Handbook HMSO)
Exploring British Values
through Citizenship
Abraham Moss pupils and Lucy Tasker
What are British values? This session will be led
by students and will explore and consider “The
precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the
United Kingdom” in the context of the DfE and
Ofsted’s definition of British Values:
• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty (freedom of speech)
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and
SMSC across the
Diane Hadwen MMU
This session will focus on the new guidance
for SMSC and recent developments in
mainstreaming PREVENT education, starting
with the nature of diversity and what it means
to be British. It will highlight possible curriculum
content and strategies that facilitate ‘thoughtful
and wide ranging SMSC’, that ‘enable students
to develop their self- knowledge, self-esteem
and self-confidence’ and encourage ‘respect for
democracy and support for participation in the
democratic process’.
(DfE (2014) Promoting Fundamental British
Values as part of SMSC HMSO)
Anne Frank,
a Story for Today
Marian McQueen, Anne Frank Trust UK
Seventy years after Anne Frank’s death, her
life and diary still resonate with people around
the world and continue to move, inspire and
provoke reflection. As well as outlining Anne’s
story, this session will look at how it can be linked
appropriately to:
• SMSC and cross-curricular learning
• Holocaust education
• Values of tolerance, empathy and
Key Note Speakers
Meg Henry, SLN
Meg Henry is an experienced teacher who currently divides her time between an assistant head’s role in a
large multi-ethnic primary school in Bradford (currently judged to be outstanding) and as an advisor for the
nationally and internationally recognised Schools Linking Network (SLN). As an SLN advisor her thinking is
rooted in classroom practice, critically engaging with the latest policy and guidance in order to communicate
relevant knowledge and understanding to colleagues. She has a particular interest in how SMSC can be
delivered across primary and secondary schools. Noted for the development and delivery of outstanding CPD
for local authority advisors, teachers, associate staff and senior school leaders across the UK, at the heart of
Meg’s work lies the development of all young people through peer interaction and thoughtful and wide-ranging
promotion of SMSC. See
Lucy Tasker, Abraham Moss School
Lucy Tasker is Head of Citizenship and Community Development at Abraham Moss School in Cheetham Hill
Manchester. An innovative teacher she does a great deal of work around pupil voice, power and pupil led
learning. She is joined today by pupils from Abraham Moss, who will share practical approaches towards
exploring aspects of British values through Citizenship and SMSC. See
Diane Hadwen, MMU
Diane Hadwen is currently a senior lecturer at MMU. She has experience of teaching in schools across
phases, has been an education lead and head of the Peace Museum UK, and a programme manager in under
- graduate and post - graduate teacher education. Diane has also worked as a section 5 Ofsted inspector and
in LEA strategic management and consultancy. She specialises in curriculum design for religion, diversity,
equality, SMSC and PREVENT. Recent research, projects and publications include Home Office funded
initiatives that have been identified as examples of ‘best practice’. See
Marian McQueen, The Anne Frank Trust UK
Marian joined the Anne Frank Trust in 2012 as Regional Manager for North West England. She has a
background in teaching secondary History, eventually as Head of Department, in Lancashire, before moving
to Blackpool in 2002 to join the local authority School Improvement Team. During her time in Blackpool LA she
took on lead responsibility for developing, supporting and monitoring Learning and Teaching; the development
of Humanities learning in History, Geography and RE at both primary and secondary level; and acted as the
local authority lead officer to Blackpool SACRE. In 2009, Marian was awarded a Fellowship in Holocaust
Education from the Imperial War Museum. See
Programme for the Day
9:00 - 10:00
Group 1
Schools Linking
Network SMSC 3-18
10:30 -11:30 Abraham Moss exploring British
values through
12:00 - 1:00 Choices Then and
Now –PREVENT and
SMSC across the
1:00 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:30
Anne Frank Trust UK
- a story for today
2:30 - 3:00
3:00 - 3:30
3:30 - 4:30
Group 2
Lecture Theatre 1
Abraham Moss exploring British
values through
Choices Then and
Now –PREVENT and
SMSC across the
Anne Frank Trust UK
- a story for today
Group 3
Lecture Theatre 3
Choices Then and
Now –PREVENT and
SMSC across the
Anne Frank Trust UK
- a story for today
Schools Linking
Network SMSC 3-18
Group 4
Lecture Theatre 2
Anne Frank Trust UK
- a story for today
Schools Linking
Network SMSC 3-18
Abraham Moss exploring British
values through
Choices Then and
Schools Linking
Abraham Moss Now –PREVENT and
Network SMSC 3-18 exploring British
SMSC across the
values through
Task in groups of 12 (mix primary and secondary and pupils)
Rooms: G89, 1.64, 2.02, 2.07, 2.16, 2.19, 2.28, 2.31, 2.51, 3.10, 3.78, 4.66
Or use pods/meeting rooms
Feedback and
Feedback and
Feedback and
Feedback and
Secondary to meet with subject tutors
Primary finished
Break Out Task for Students – 2.30 – 3.00 (and over lunch 1.00-1.30)
Divide into mixed group of no larger than 12 (8 secondary, 4 primary). Reflect on the morning sessions
and decide how you might utilise one of the resources or strategies that you found interesting, to promote
outstanding SMSC, exploring difference, equality and British values and educating for a safe, just and
equitable society. Record your ideas in bullet points or in a mind map and be prepared to share with another
group in the plenary session.